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Nursing Bottles & Teats Questions

Pigeon SofTouch™ teat is designed with an additional Latch-on line to guide the mother to help her baby to attach (latch-on) it appropriately. The teat tip is ultra-soft (as soft as a marshmallow), especially the Size SS Teat , which uses ultra-soft silicone rubber.
The smaller the teat size, the more important the proper attachment (latch-on) is, thus the wider the latch-on line, the more visible it is. As the baby's age increases, the importance decreases, so the line becomes narrower. View our available size line-up from SS to LLL with flow volume matched to baby’s development.
Don't worry! The wide gap will not affect your feeding sessions. In order to maintain the overall style and aesthetics of the new SofTouch™ Wide Neck Nursing Bottles, they are designed in this particular shape.
Yes, all SofTouch™ T-Ester nursing bottles are BPA/BPS free and meet European safety standards. They have also passed a migration test after 100 hours of UV sterilization.
Boiling, Steam, or Chemical Sterilisation: We recommend replacing the bottle every 6-12 months. If you notice stubborn milk stains, scratches, or discoloration on the bottle, it's time to consider getting new ones. For silicone teats, we recommend rotating between 2 or more teats every 2 months before replacement if subjected to boiling, steam, or chemical sterilisation. UV Sterilisation: When using a UV steriliser with a drying function, ensure the bottle is at least 1 inch (2.54cm) away from the inner wall and ceiling with the air ventilation outlet. This may avoid any damage or deterioration of the bottle. UV sterilisation may lead to premature aging, especially with repeated use. Therefore, we recommend you to replace the product if it starts to discolor or become cloudy.
We recommend replacing nursing bottles every 6-12 months for hygiene reasons, irrespective of the material used, if sterilised by boiling, steam, or chemicals. Consider replacing the bottles if you notice stubborn milk stains, scratches, or discoloration. While UV sterilisation is suitable, it might cause premature aging upon repeated use. To prevent damage, maintain a 1-inch distance from the UV steriliser's inner wall when sterilising the bottles.
Pigeon offers various bottle materials to suit different needs, including Glass, PP, PPSU, and T-Ester.If you plan to use a UV sterilizer, T-Ester bottles are a good choice due to their high UV resistance. For steam sterilization or boiling, consider PPSU, which can withstand high heat. Here's a chart to help you choose the best material based on your sterilization method:
SofTouch™ T-Ester Nursing Bottles are compatible with UV Sterilisers. For best results, make sure to place the nursing bottles at least one inch (2.54cm) away from the UV Steriliser's heating element.
The white and brown dots are natural characteristics of the T-Ester material and are completely harmless to babies. Rest assured, our SofTouch™ T-Ester Nursing Bottles have undergone rigorous hygiene testing, complying with European Standard (EN14350) regulations for food contact materials, ensuring the highest quality and safety for their intended use.
The teat hole and the ventilation valve (vent) on the teat flange may be clogged with milk residues. When these parts are blocked, milk doesn't flow smoothly and may lead to teat collapse. To prevent this, ensure the teat hole and vent remain clear. When washing the teat with detergent, gently use your fingers to clean the teat hole and ventilation valve. Be cautious not to pull or wash the ventilation valve too vigorously to avoid splitting, which can cause leaks.
Silicone rubber teats can be delicate and prone to tearing. The tip of the teat, in particular, is thin and may tear due to physical force, even with minimal use. Teats with a "Y Cross Cut" design, having notches in three directions, are more susceptible to splitting. When washing the teat, use a teat brush, and be cautious not to push the brush through the teat's tip.
The teat may collapse or cave in if the vent or ventilation valve is not functioning properly or if your baby's sucking power is too strong, causing inadequate venting. Proper ventilation is indicated by bubbles in the bottle while your baby is drinking. If no bubbles appear, and the teat collapses or dislodges, please check the following: For SofTouch™ Wide Neck teat:
  • Is the ventilation valve clogged with milk residues? If so, gently wash it with your fingers.
  • Does the teat match your baby's suction power? If the teat collapses due to strong suction, switch to a teat with a higher milk flow.
For Flexible Slim Neck teat:
  • Is the vent clogged with milk residues? If so, use a teat brush and PIGEON liquid cleanser to clean the vent area, being careful not to pierce it.
  • Does the teat match your baby's suction power? If the teat collapses due to strong suction, switch to a teat with a higher milk flow.
If the teat hole is round, milk may gush out when you turn the bottle upside down after preparing the formula. This happens because the warm milk causes the air in the bottle to expand, pushing the milk out. After a while, it will settle, and the milk will drip instead – this is when you can feed your baby. To reduce the chance of gushing, try unscrewing the cap briefly after preparing the formula and then screw it back on to lower the air pressure in the bottle.
The ideal teat size depends on your baby's age, feeding time, and amount. Babies of the same age may have different needs, so select the size that suits your baby's development. If your baby takes a long time to finish a feed, experiences ventilation issues, or the teat collapses, consider moving up to the next size. SofTouch™ Wide Neck teats come in a range of sizes, from SS to LLL, designed to match your baby's developmental needs. To make your selection easier, we offer a guide that categorizes the different types of teats available.
Size Age in Months Type of Teat Hole Feeding Time and Amount
SS Babies 0+ Months Round Hole About 10 min for 50ml
S 1 Month Old Baby Onwards Round Hole About 10 min for 100ml
M 3 Months Old Baby Onwards Y Cross-Cut Hole About 10 min for 150ml
L 6 Months Old Baby Onwards Y Cross-Cut Hole About 10 min for 200ml
LL 9 Months Old Baby Onwards Y Cross-Cut Hole About 5 min for 200ml
LLL 15 Months Old Baby Onwards Y Cross-Cut Hole Adjust according to baby's drinking situation
Keep in mind that babies may become attached to a specific teat, so it's a good idea to rotate between two or more teats for about two months before replacing them.
Pigeon offers both wide neck bottles (SofTouch™ Nursing Bottles and MagMag Drinking Cup) and slim neck bottles. Wide neck nursing bottles are interchangeable with compatible teats, but they are not compatible with slim neck nursing bottles. Please note that they cannot be used as a set.
To prevent your baby from becoming too attached to one specific teat, rotate the use of 2 or more teats for about 2 months before considering replacements. If teats become worn out or are bitten, replace them earlier as needed, regardless of how many times they've been used. For isoprene rubber teats previously sold, they can be used for three to four weeks when two or more teats are rotated. Keep in mind that teething babies may cause faster wear and require special attention.
Babies transit better from breast to bottle feeding with wide neck bottles as their mouth open widely when sucking from their mother’s breast. So it is advisable for babies to try on the wide neck bottles as it allows babies to have a familiar latch feeling.
Yes, it's normal for bubbles to form in the bottle while your baby is drinking from SofTouch™ Wide Neck teats. These bubbles are a result of the unique air ventilation system (AVS™) in the teats, which ensures smooth and comfortable sucking. If you don't see bubbles, slightly loosen the cap to optimize milk flow.
The recommended feeding time is 10-15 minutes. If your baby takes 20 minutes or longer and there's milk left, consider switching to an M-size or Y-cut teat.
Yes, it's necessary. Milk contains fat and protein that can't be removed with plain water. Before sterilising the bottles, make sure to wash them with detergent and rinse thoroughly. We recommend Pigeon Liquid Cleanser, made with 100% food-grade ingredients, as a safer option compared to regular dishwashing detergent.
We advise against using a UV Steriliser to sanitise Pigeon products made of plastic and silicone materials, like our nursing bottles and teats. Ultraviolet (UV) rays in these sterilizers can speed up the deterioration of silicone teats, leading to material degradation, hardening, and potential cracks or tears. The plastic components, including bottles and bottle caps, may also degrade when exposed to UV rays. For the best care of these products, consider alternative sterilisation methods like boiling, steaming or using chemical solutions.